Had been looking forward to trying Volta, specifically for the variety of herring offered, which is certainly unusual on the US West Coast. Also, figured since this is Mr. Terjes restaurant, how could we possibly go wrong?
The flight of herring was certainly stellar; the rest of the selections were also very nice; the steak was perfectly cooked and well seasoned, and the wine server gave us a bit of a history on our selection of an Alsace wine we ordered. Very nice.
Unfortunately, the rest of it was sort of an exercise in discomfort, as we felt we were being unnecessarily rushed; the plates were removed by pointing to the dishes, the check was presented together with the dessert and coffee, "whenever you're ready" and the server checked three times within the span of 5 minutes to see if it was ready for pick-up. When I presented my credit card at the third check, I went to refresh myself, and upon my return the waiter removed the check immediately; I had to proclaim that I had not signed the check yet nor had I retrieved my credit card. (Mind you, we were only there for an hour and a half, and it was not closing time.)
None of that would have been a problem if this were a diner or very casual restaurant, where expectations are not high. In this place, and at these prices, it was quite disappointing. It will be a while before I return.